Zembla Documentary on Lasik, Pain, and Suicidality

This Lasik documentary was created by investigative journalists in Holland. The language is mostly Dutch, with English subtitles. The documentary focuses on corneal neuropathic path after Lasik and the suicidality it creates. Dutch physician Dr. Michael Brouwer and other Lasik sufferers in Holland are interviewed, as is Dr. Edward Boshnick in the United States (see EyeFreedom.com). The investigators ask: Is the experience of pain after Lasik really uncommon? What are the consequences when it occurs? Also interviewed are Dr. David Barsook and Dr. Morris Waxler. Dr. Barsook is Director of the Pain and Imaging Neuroscience (P.A.I.N.) Group at Boston Children’s Hospital, MGH ,and McLean Hospital at Harvard University. Dr. Barsook maintains that corneal pain after Lasik follows an established model of neuropathic pain. Dr. Morris Waxler is the FDA's former chief research scientist on Lasik. Dr. Waxler maintains at his website HelpStopLasik.com that "The FDA does not want to admit that millions of people have now had a surgery that never should have been approved by its own rules. The FDA is now engaged in covering-up a scandal and an epidemic, and its own corrupt practices. This should be exposed, and LASIK should end." He revisits these conclusions in the video.

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EyePrint Pro

EyePrintPro technology creates a scleral lens based on a mold of the cornea. The molding is accurate to 1 or 2 microns and fits perfectly because it exactly mirrors the irregularities of the individual corneal surface. The technology is well suited for post-Lasik, Keratoconus, RK, eye injury, and corneal transplant patients. Read More in this PDF about EyePrintPro Scleral Lens Technology

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Recent Letters of Thanks

Young Woman Applies to Med School

Good afternoon Dr. Boshnick, I am in the process of applying for medical schools and was wondering if you would be willing to write me a letter of recommendation? I have chosen to write my personal statement (why I would like to attend medical school) based on my experience as your patient, and have also listed my experience of shadowing you as one of my most impactful experiences on my application, and thus feel that a letter of recommendation would hold strongly from you.

Words of Thanks from Peru

Dear Ed, Thank you so much for giving my Dad a new life! This means the world for him and for all of us! I would love to see his face when he receives your pictures! We appreciate so much your patience, enthusiasm and your great and professional work. See you in 2 months, Un abrazo, Cari

Words of Thanks from an Aunt and her Niece from Mexico

Thank you very much Dr. Edward Boshnick for all the good things that you have done for my beautiful niece Sora Avtan and me, you are an angel in our lives, the best doctor in the whole world and the best human being I ever known. In my special case, you gave me back my life, the gift of sight...God bless you!! I love you so much. -- Jackie Tanous

I couldn't be more thankful with you Dr. Boshnick, you didn't only brought me back my sight but you gave me hope and the best gift someone can give you, happiness. These past few months I was able to witness what an amazing person and incredible doctor you are. Thank you so much for what you've done for me and my aunt Jackie Tanous. God bless you!!! And once again, Thank you so so much!!!!! -- Sora Avtan

My father is living better

Many thanks again for everything, my father is living a much better life thanks to you!

I am very satisified with my lenses...

I am very satisfied with my lenses and after I left your office on the last day I was driving home and I thought how I wished I had put more thought into what I wanted to say before making the video. I would have said to the viewers how knowledgeable, friendly and sincere you and your staff are, the concerned professional attitude, ensuring all t's were crossed and i's dotted (proficient), the patience everyone had with answering all of my questions completely...and the friendly, knowledgeable professional atmosphere that made my experience a very satisfying one, way more than I expected. Thank you. -- Stephanie



Stargazer enjoying night sky again


My dear Dr. B, wanted to thank you again for your expertise, your amazing gift. These past few nights up north by the ocean we have had the clearest skies we have seen in a while. Michael and I have been stargazing for years, with him I've also seen many planets, our moon, our sun and have lost my breath to countless shooting stars. This time though, I was able to see what seemed to be stars within stars, the clarity with which I could focus the sparkles of tiny little lights in the dark sky left me in awe. While we feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy them, I send you blessings for your contribution to my crystal clear experience, again and again, thank you!


Words of thanks

I love the sclera lenses. I NEVER thought I'd say that! They protect my eyes and allow me to do things I haven't been able to do in years. I love that I can manage the pain and have an explanation. I love that they don't pop out. I read on your facebook page a post from a woman who talked about similar experiences.

From Captain Juan Fernandez, Active Duty Marine

Thank you Dr. Boshnick for giving me my life back.

From a 93-Year Old Scleral Lens Patient in Peru

Dear Edward, It´s been so important for me and my family to get to know you, we thank you so much for your personal, professional and special assistance during my visit last April to your Center, you and your staff were fantastic! The scleral lenses you prepared form me are giving me the vision that enligthens my 93 years!! I am enclosing the Tomography performed by Dr. Luis Tobaru, my ophthalmologist in Lima. I hope to be visiting you in october this year.

Many thanks again!

Edward Boshnick, O.D., F.A.A.O

Edward Boshnick, O.D., F.A.A.O

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Thinking about Refractive Surgery? Think again.

Below are illustrations of vision damaged by LASIK eye surgery, including blurry vision, smeared vision, ghosting, halos, starbursting, and glare. Images courtesy VisionSimulations.com